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Braves demote shortstop Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A

May 30, 2012, 10:44 PM EST

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From MLB.com beat reporter Mark Bowman comes word that the Braves have optioned struggling shortstop Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Pastornicky did not start in Wednesday night’s 10-7 victory over the Cardinals and has posted a brutal .248/.281/.324 batting line with one home run and 12 RBI in 157 total plate appearances this season. The former fifth-round pick will try to get things back on track against a lower level of competition.

Meanwhile the Braves will turn to another 22-year-old shortstop: prospect Andrelton Simmons. He was hitting .292/.372/.421 in 43 games at Double-A and will join up with the big league club Friday in the nation’s capital. The 2010 second-round pick is an elite defender.

  1. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 30, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Pastornicky did not play in Wednesday night’s 10-7 victory over the Cardinals

    I know it’s nitpicking, but he actually did get into the game as a pinch runner tonight. Took Eric Hinske’s place on first base after Hinske drew a pinch-hit walk.

    • Drew Silva - May 30, 2012 at 11:38 PM

      Good point. Thanks.

  2. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 31, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Now I’ll do something more useful than pointing out unimportant mistakes in the blog post …

    The talk during Spring Training was that Simmons was the better glove man, but Pastornicky had the better chance to contribute offensively. That obviously hasn’t happened, so they might as well take the defensive upgrade and continue hitting the shortstop in the eight hole.

  3. phipfwe76 - May 31, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Wow. As a Phillies fan, he’s actually worried me. I thought he was holding his own for a rookie. Guess that’s why I don’t work in the MLB ranks.

  4. brownsbraves11 - May 31, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    I’m sure Simmons will hit soft grounders and pop out just as effectively as the Rev could while putting up Gold Glove defensive numbers.

  5. drakej541 - May 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    WHO CARES!!!!???? Did nobody see that the MARINERS scored 21 runs against arguably the BEST team in baseball???? Post an article about that!! Can’t the M’s get SOME love????

    • hasbeen5 - May 31, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      I guess it is pretty impressive when a team doubles their season run total in one night.

    • foreverchipper10 - May 31, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      So since the Mariners scored 21 runs all other news must stop right? Nothing else matters. Write an article about that and nothing else. The news for the day is done.

  6. buffalomafia - May 31, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    If the Braves are demoting there SS for those numbers then the Yankees should fire Russel Martin for batting under.200?

    • brownsbraves11 - May 31, 2012 at 8:51 PM

      Pastornicky impressed everyone at the start of the year with a good approach at the plate, taking a lot of pitches and making the pitcher work. But then he just started swinging at everything and his defense is atrocious. He can take his -0.9 WAR to Gwinnett.

  7. gloccamorra - May 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    If .248/.281/.324 is brutal, what do you call veteran Jason Bartlett’s .133/.240/.193 ? Hell, Bartlett’s TEAM is hitting a collective .224/.301/.345 in a lot more ABs. In San Diego, Pastornicky would be considered a bright spot for the team.

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